Pune: Many protestors barged into the premises of Information Technology (IT)companies, hotels, IT parks and forced the establishments to shut down, which caused huge losses to the establishments.
Bike-borne protestors armed with bamboo sticks threatened the establishments and entered into scuffles with security guards of various establishments. Protestors barged into Persistent’s campus after breaking the main gate and forcing employees to leave the office premises. Incidents of stone pelting were reported at Syntel office in Talawade IT Park.
A group of protestors armed with sticks created a ruckus in Pune station area. Ranjangaon , Chakan, Bhosari MIDC was shut down due to the protest.
Pavanjit Mane, President of Forum for IT employees (FITE - Maharashtra) said FITE has condemned the approach of IT industries which called the employees to work on the protest day.
“Some protestors tried to barge into premises of Cognizant and forced some employees of FIS company in Aundh to leave the premises. We received inputs from many female employees who had to reach the office as there was no clear communication from their companies. Employees had to risk their lives. All we are saying is companies could have given a day off and called the employees to work on Saturday. There was no public transport facility available, yet some employees had to reach their offices. These employees chose to reach early and leave late,” added Mane.
A press release by FITE stated, “FITE urges companies to make clear communications and requests them to give a day off in such situations where employee’s security is a concern. Work from home option is allowed but not all employees have the necessary infrastructure to support from home so planning a working day on Saturday would have been a better option. FITE also requests state governments to play crucial role in such events and share advisory to companies which have huge workforce in cities like Pune and Mumbai.”